October 17, 2019 at 1:05 AM
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October 1, 2019 at 7:55 AM
I have written many times about the importance of using a local guide or local English speaking driver. It's just one of the many we encourage our clients to give back to the destination they are visiting. It's so important that we support the local communities that we enjoy visiting. Otherwise, there won't be anyone to driver or guide when we need them. Beyond that, we encourage the use of a local guide or driver is to make the most efficient use of your precious leisure time. There is no lost time and expense of parking, finding the best route and in most countries there is zero tolerence of driving under the influence. You are too important for us to risk any of these situations hendering your time away with your traveling companions. Wouldn't it be better for everyone on the trip to enjoy their time relaxing and enjoying the scenery? You probably can't even imagine the things that CAN go wrong while driving in another country. Is it worth flying back for a court date? Believe me, these things happen and sometimes you don't know until you have returned home.
Do you have a tight connection in Rome? We have you covered... we have meet and greet partners to meet you & escort you through passport control in record times.
I know sometimes you have to experience it to understand. Here is what a few of our clients have shared with us:
"We saw wonderful places and the views were so much better and I know we would not have been able to see as much as we did, if we had tried to drive ourselves!!" Sara
"Our favorite part of the whole trip were the drivers! They were all awesome!! Especially in Ireland our driver searched for 3 days to get the perfect authentic shillelagh” -Linda
"Thank you for suggesting the private driver in St. Thomas/St. John." We saw so much more than we imagined AND hearing the stories and suggestions of local, good eats--great value!" Lynn
Having a driver serves multiple benefits from punctuality to the ability to seamlessly handle rough weather with a drivers’ years of experience, hiring a professional driver for your next trip could change the way you feel about transportation to the airport, make a country side tour much more insightful, an exploration into hidden gems only the locals know about, and with that one on one experience that lets you decide what you want to do and where you want to go offering wide range of other locations off the beaten path waiting to be explored. Another added bonus is that they love their home, they will share much more about local restaurants, non-touristy places for you to visit, even AFTER the drive.
As I hope you can see by now, hiring a professional, vetted guide or driver has many diverse benefits. These are just the few reasons we want to help your next experience in a new land something that you’ll always remember and to adventure somewhere you’ll never forget. So call VIP Travel Experience the next time you need a stress free vacation.
September 30, 2019 at 7:59 AM
I love the gorgeous weather of fall and the excitement of getting outdoors and being comfortable. Before we know it January will be here. What does January mean to you? Is it time to start thinking about vacation. One of our busiest planning seasons begins January 1. I am SO proud of the many clients that have already planned their 2019 & 2020 vacations. WOW! I love to see people plan their work lives around vacation, rather than vacation around their work life.
One of the most exciting parts of vacation is the anticipation. I don't know about you, but I'm planning my vacation while I'm on my current vacation and its catching on with many of our clients too. As we meet to give them their documents, we leave planning their next adventure.
This has to be the sweetest phone call I received this week:
"I didn't want to save this until we returned because we are just so excited. We are having the most AMAZING TIME (I could feel the heartfelt emotion). We were super exhausted after the international flight, but our guide was absolutely amazing, so knowledgeable and she knew exactly what we were interested in . THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!" (guess what, we are already planning their next trip before their plane was in the air for this trip).
We LOVE these fabulous emails, texts and facebook messages about how thrilled you are with our LOCAL drivers and guides. We love taking advantage of OUR relationships with on the ground experts that we trust our own family with.
We would love to do the same for you!
September 29, 2019 at 9:18 AM
I've just started a great new book as recommended by my bestie, "From Scratch" by Tembi Locke. It has brought back many memories of our trip to Sicily earlier this year.
The beginning of the book is set in Florence, and it's pretty awesome to read about all of these places I have visited. But of course, it lists a few new places which I plan to check out next May when we are in Florence again. One of the main characters in the book is a chef born and raised in Sicily so that has definitely spurred memories of the wonderful food we sampled while in Sicily. I'm only on chapter one, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, let's talk about Sicily.
September 28, 2019 at 9:11 AM
Savor Tasty Memories!
If you have more than a day, enjoy these other crowd-free towns in Emilia-Romagna regions: Parma, Ravenna, Ferrara and Modena.
September 16, 2019 at 8:05 AM
It has been a FUN, crazy busy summer, we have clients and friends traveling to France, Italy, Ireland, England, Scotland, New England, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Canada, Turks & Caicos, Alaska, Cabo, Bora Bora , Costa Rica and I'm probably forgetting a few. Yes, it has been busy, but so rewarding!!! Busy as it is, it is one of the most fun times of the year... the trips Justin & I have been working on for months, sometimes a year are finally happening and I wake up to see beautiful photos, texts and facebook posts. I feel like it's Christmas every morning.
I came across the photo above and I remembered this awesome text:
"So today was so perfect, it was ridiculous !" I had to giggle because I knew the next few days would be even MORE perfect.
Fast forward next day, I get this text:
"WOW-Dinner tonight- Holy Cow-- Insert- HUGE SMILE - my heart is so happy!"
I figure a picture is worth a thousand words. How happy do these folks look? Would you believe they are in Rome? Would you believe they are dining in the home of a local chef that invites her family over to socialize as she creates a beautiful meal which is amazing in every way, but what you walk away with is ... The AUTHENTIC experience, breaking bread with some Italians that are now your friends!!
Period, enough said. Do you want to JUST check off a box or take selfies to say "Been there, done that"? OR would you like to EXPERIENCE the places, the food, the people? I can help you travel either way, but I don't miss an opportunity to turn a big vacation into a once-in-lifetime experience. If you or someone you know wants to REALLY experience your next destination, I hope you will share my email or my contact information.
I hope tomorrow is so perfect for you, that it's ridiculous!!!
September 11, 2019 at 11:17 PM
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August 20, 2019 at 2:42 PM
I will NEVER forget the MAGICAL moment stepping into the water taxi and watching the city come to life. Typically you will arrive in the morning and as your water taxi motors you to your hotel, you watch in amazement . . . supplies arriving from the mainland and just the idea that there are NO CARS. It is fabulous . . . the Grand Canal, the quiet hidden canals, narrow bridges!! Travel CAN change your life and it sure did that for me!
Relax, breathe, slow breathing now, you're in the greatest travel destination I can think of!! It's Italy and its slow and easy here. Don't expect FAST service, enjoy the slow eats and slow living. It's part of the Venice charm!! Don't attempt to see all the sights I include on your itinerary . . . This is just plan B, C, & D depending on area you are in. Don't miss the Bellini or Proseco!
The most important thing is to enjoy your Italy vacation. Be a traveler, not a tourist. Sharpen your photography skills so you can capture "a snapshot in time" to remember the experience and preserve the memories forever as you explore Venice, the city on water. Looking at my photos BRINGS ME BACK and its always such a beautiful memory! Justin Murphy shares some cool photo tips in this previous blog article.
I truly hope you get to go to Venice, call me, I would LOVE to help you plan the perfect Trip of a Lifetime! Please tag us when you show off your Venice Travel Adventure @VIPTravelExperience! (P.S. don't get too caught up in the photos that you MISS the moment)
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